LTVC demands clarity on seat reservation issue

Gangtok, 17 Jul:

The Limboo Tamang Voluntary Committee has rejected a Press Information Bureau new-report “pertaining to LT seat reservation” as misleading.

The report in question is about the Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, informing that seat reservation for the Limboos and Tamangs was under consideration of the Centre.

In a press communiqué issued today, LTVC has argued that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs was not the authority to comment on the LT seat issue since Limboos and Tamangs were already Scheduled Tribes.

The LT seat reservation issue falls solely under the Ministry of Home Affairs, it points out, adding, “It's MHA duty to give the answer and not MoTA.”

The release also demand to know from the SKM Government and the Sikkim Lok Sabha MP as to on which seat sharing formula the Centre was considering the LT seat reservation issue.

The release highlights that only two formulas, both by the previous SDF Government, have been forwarded to the Centre – the Burman Commission recommendations and the enhancement of Assembly strength to 40 option.

The release adds that the new State Government has not passed any new Bill or Resolution on the matter nor proposed any new formula to the Centre and has called on the State Govt to come clean on the matter.

LTVC has further demanded the new State Government first withdraw the SDF govt’s recommendations on the LT seats, pass a fresh formula keeping the number of Assembly seats at 32.